5 Diseases You Can Catch From Your Dog


In as much as there are many upsides to owning a dog, man’s best friend can still transmit diseases to you if care isn’t taken.

Over the past few months I’ve noticed the growing population of people with foreign breeds of dogs here in Ghana and oh! The creation of their dog pages which is a little weird if you ask me.

Considering the fact that most people see their dogs as family members and do everything with them including sleeping on the same bed, there is the very real risk of transmission of disease to consider.

Here are 5 diseases you can catch from your dog.

1. Hookworm

Image of a foot with hookworm

Eggs from the poop of an infected dog live in the dirt and hatch into larvae. These enter your body through the skin; if you walk on them barefoot, for example. Hookworm isn’t usually dangerous. It should go away on its own, but your feet or lower legs might be itchy with red lines for a few weeks. Let your doctor know if you notice these symptoms or if you have stomach pain or diarrhea. (Source pets.webmd.com)

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